ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Jonesport man has been indicted on charges that he failed to file or pay state income tax returns for the past several years, according to a state official.

Jackie C. Fenton, 60, was indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury on six tax-related charges, Assistant Attorney General Gregg Bernstein said Monday. Fenton is accused of failing to file or make tax returns in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and is accused of failing to pay his taxes in 2005, Bernstein said.

All charges are class C felonies because Fenton has prior convictions for failing to file tax returns, according to the prosecutor. In 2004, he was convicted in Machias District Court on six class D misdemeanor counts of failure to file or make tax returns, the prosecutor said.

Under Maine law, a class C felony conviction is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

In 2004, Fenton was sentenced to serve nine months in jail with all but 20 days suspended on the misdemeanor tax violations. He also was ordered to pay $13,321, to serve one year of probation, and to pay a fine of $1,000, according to previous reports in the Bangor Daily News.

Fenton works as a commercial fisherman, Bernstein said. He declined to indicate how much money Fenton allegedly owes to the Maine Revenue Services.

Bill Trotter

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....